Mad Chef Michele’s Latest Experiment – Southern Oatmeal Cookies

Good Morning.  Hope your day is filled with sunshine. FYI – There is a special post at OgleOhio.com today and tomorrow.

I am going to be making the following recipe for the GriefShare group at church this week.  Only I will be tweaking it.

Southern Oatmeal Cookies

Dawn Fannin/Ravenna, TX

(pg 295 Gooseberry Patch “Blue Ribbon family favorites: tried & true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends)

These are the best oatmeal cookies you’ll ever taste.  They’re great with a glass of cold milk.


1 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

3 c. long-cooking oats, uncooked

1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans


In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed, until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.  Add vanilla; set aside.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Fold flour mixture into butter mixture; stir in oats and nuts.  Form rounded teaspoonfuls into balls and place on greased baking sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.  Let stand on baking sheets for 4 to 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes 4 dozen.

How Mad Chef Michele Will Tweak The Recipe

I will be adding in dried cranberries, dried blueberries, coconut and white chocolate chips.  This is being done to hopefully replicate the discontinued Blueberry Bar mix from Tastefully Simple.  How much of each I will be adding has yet to be determined but will probably be 1 c. of the cranberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Will keep you updated on how this turns out.

Well off to the grocery store.


Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s & Sunday’s – “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Smoothie” (Part 1)

It is time to shake up your weekend.  We will start  with “Nutty Banana Shake” courtesy of Marsha Overholser (Ash Grove, MO). 


2-3 Banana’s, peeled and frozen

1 C. Milk

2 T. Peanut Butter

1 T. Honey


Slice frozen banana’s and place in a blender with remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth and thick.  Serves one.

(Gooseberry Patch Blue Ribbon family favorites,  tried and true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends)

I sliced 2 banana’s before freezing them.

Below is a picture of my shake.  Perfect for a hot summer day or evening out on the deck.

Nutty Banana Shake

But Wait!  There’s More! 

I decided to turn this into a peanut butter cup shake.  Just squirt as much syrup as you like and blend until well mixed.  The result is:

A chocolaty “Nutty Banana Shake”

Michele’s Preference

Both were delicious but I preferred……the original version.  It just seemed more refreshing.  The chocolate added a bit of a heaviness to the flavor.

Now that you had a shake, go “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty.”  (I dare you to click the link and watch the video, “Don’t fight the feelin’, give yourself a chance.)             😉

(Coming tomorrow   a   “Smooth Operator”  recipe and my opinion of Gooseberry Patch’s  Blue Ribbon family favorites.)


Breakfast Berry Parfait

I just turned the computer on for the first time today – and it is 9:10 p.m.!  Today was spent at a charity meeting, visiting family and attending church.  It was also a hot one.

Anyway, today’s recipe comes from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook “Blue Ribbon Family Favorites, tried & true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends.”  

It is a quick & easy breakfast perfect for a summer morning.

Breakfast Berry Parfait

So pretty served in parfait glasses or champagne flutes!


  • 1 c. strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 c raspberries
  • 1/4 c blackberries
  • 1 c. bran & raisin cereal
  • 6-oz. container strawberry yogurt

Combine berries in a bowl.  Top with cereal.  Spoon yogurt over berry mixture.  Serves 2

Michelle Case

Yardley, PA

One “L” Michele’s Version

Back when I was single, the popular breakfast was mixing some honey,  favorite type of preserves (mine is cherry), some Grape Nuts cereal and some yogurt.

The amount of each ingredient used was depended upon how hungry I was   😉